Monday, August 12, 2019
RPGaDay Challenge 2019 - FRIENDSHIP
Gaming spawns Friendships. It builds Friendships. It keeps Friendships going.
Practically all of the Friendships I currently have I have through gaming.
Even with those people whom I met or knew before I gamed with them, gaming factored in in some way.
Some of those Friendships are with 'Gaming Friends'; friends I only see or have contact with at games. We don't necessarily hang out outside of our gaming group or get together except around a gaming table. At the same token, I see some of them rather often since we have regular, weekly games. That's more often than I see other friends I once had a stronger Friendship with but who I see less often due to time, distance, and responsibilities.
Some of the Friendships were forged in grade school and while we don't game together any longer (as a matter of fact, they don't game at all any more), we share fond memories of all those great games of the past.
I have Friendships from high school that have managed to overcome distance and time and every once in a while we get together for game for old times sake and because we love to game with each other.
My current groups are a mix of very old friends, friends from the last 5-10 years, and a new one now and then. It is a common phenomenon that as we get older we make fewer new friends. Judging only from myself I would say gamers skew this a bit. We are always discovering new friends and new Friendships through gaming.
Friend: "Hey Adam, this is my friend and his friend. I just met his friend, but my friend and I go way back. She's a gamer!"
Friend's Friend: "My friend is a gamer too!"
Friend's Friend's Friend: "I love gaming. My favorite game is one you really like!"
Me: "Wow! I just met two new gamers whom I didn't know this morning. We both really like at least one game in common! Let's be friends!"
I didn't meet my ex-wife through gaming (that was the result of Anime!) but I taught her to play and now she loves it. I believe she still owns more dice than I do (or possibly ever did).
I met my girlfriend through gaming when a mutual friend suggested she try it. The first time we met was the first RPG she ever played. She is no where near as serious about it as I am but she appreciates how important it is to me. That's beyond Friendship. That's Love.
Make some Friendships. Spread the Love.